Pre-kindergarten roundup

Marvin Elementary will hold its pre-kindergarten and Head Start roundup for 4-year-olds starting at 9 a.m. Monday, July 30, at Marvin Elementary. For more information, contact the school at (972) 923-4678.

Blood drive

Waxahachie Rotary Club is sponsoring a blood drive through Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Waxahachie Civic Center parking lot at the Carter Blood Mobile. Donors are urgently needed. Call Peggy Spalding at (972) 938-7345 to sign up.

Waxahachie Citizens Police Academy

The Waxahachie Citizens Police Academy has set its summer session dates for Thursdays, July 26-Sept. 27. Class times will be from 6-9 p.m.

Applications are being accepted now. For more information, call community services officer Wess Winn at (972) 937-9940, ext. 211, or e-mail wwinn@waxahachiepd.org.

Rotary Club

The Waxahachie Rotary Club will meet at noon Thursday, July 19, at the Waxahachie Civic Center with Bill Holley of the Waxahachie Homeland Security office as speaker.

Holley will inform the club of the details concerning Waxahachie and Ellis County in regards to homeland security.

Children’s program

The Craig family will present a children’s program at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 19. They will perform a living history program dressed in their 4-H award-winning apparel. Admission is free.

Teen Book Club

Nicholas P. Sims Library’s Teen Book Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the meeting room to discuss “Messenger” by Lois Lowry.

Disaster relief team meeting

All people who are interested in learning more about Ellis Christian Disaster Relief Team are invited to attend a quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at First United Methodist Church, 800 S. 9th St., Midlothian.

The meeting will cover updates for potential volunteers, including disaster relief efforts, crisis response and recovery.

“Join us as we organize to meet the needs of small tragic events as well as larger-scale disasters within Ellis County,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call Larry Johnson at (972) 937-9320.

Native Plant Society

The Ellis County Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Waxahachie parks and recreation department, 401 S. Elm St., in Waxahachie. The public is invited.

Health screenings

H-E-B pharmacy in Waxahachie will hold blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings for $5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 20. The pharmacy is located at 800 N. U.S. Highway 77.

Coffee club

The Ellis County Democratic Men’s Coffee Club meets from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday at 215 E. Main St. in Waxahachie. Everyone is welcome and newcomers especially are invited to drop in for coffee and doughnuts, not to mention lively and informal conversation. There is no charge and no reservation is required.

For more information, call Larry Harris at (972) 938-3090.

Quilt show

The Creative Quilter’s Guild of Ellis County presents its annual quilt show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, at the Midlothian Conference Center. More than 100 quilts will be on display, with vendor booths, a charity auction, door prizes and raffle offered. General admission is $5, with $4 for seniors ages 60 and older. Husbands accompanied by a paying spouse receive free admission. For more information, call (972) 291-8729 or visit online at www.cqguild.org.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and continues through Oct. 27. The market is located at the south end of the Ellis County Courthouse on Franklin Street between Rogers and College. Vendors have fresh vegetables and fruits, plants, crafts and wares for purchase. Smoothies and other refreshments are available.

Master Gardeners are on site every week to answer agricultural questions.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library will be held from 2:30-4:10 p.m. July 21 in the meeting room. This month’s movie stars AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson and Zooey Deschanel. An 11-year-old boy has his life changed forever when he befriends the class outsider, a girl. Together they create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia where they can create their own adventures with giants, trolls and other incredible creatures until tragedy ultimately befalls their friendship.

BooCoos the Clown

BooCoos the Clown will appear for a free children’s program at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25. This clown entertains with humor, magic and balloons. Admission is free.

Band of the Nation’s Capital in concert

The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the Band of the Nation’s Capital, the 257th Army Band from Washington D.C., in concert at the Chautauqua Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, July 23.

With the motto of the U.S. Army bands being “Serving the Nation through Music,” the band will perform patriotic, classics, marches, vocal selections and more at this performance.

“It is an honor that Waxahachie was chosen as one of the cities to host this prestigious band,” said Laurie McPike Mosley, director of the Waxahachie Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I hope that everyone will come out and take advantage of this rare opportunity.”

The Chautauqua Auditorium is located in Getzendaner Park at 300 S. Grand Ave. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

For more information or a complete list of events, visit www.waxahachiechamber.com or call the chamber at (972) 937-2390.

Komen Foundation fund-raiser

A Texans Against Breast Cancer planning meeting to participate in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s Passionately Pink for the Cure fund-raiser will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at First Methodist Church in Midlothian.

Participants need only to wear pink Oct. 19 and donate $5.

“We are recruiting individuals to help plan the event and teams of individuals to participate in the event,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call Marsha Davidson at (214) 878-4350.

‘Readers’ Theater’

This summer’s Nicholas P. Sims Teens Program members will present “Readers’ Theater” for ages 3-12 from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 26. Free admission.

Community dance

Ellis County 4-H will sponsor a dance at the Ellis County Expo Center from 7-11 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Cover charge is $5. The public is invited.

Summer Moonlight Movies

The city of Waxahachie Main Street Program is sponsoring a series of free movies that will be shown Friday nights in the historic downtown. The movies will be projected onto the side of the Plaid Donkey, located at the corner of Franklin and College streets. Start time for the movie is 9 p.m.

“Over the Hedge” will screen July 27 and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will finish out the series Aug. 24.

An evening Farmers Market will run in conjunction with the movies. Vendors will be set up at 7:30 p.m. for people to come shop for plants, fruits and vegetables. Many downtown merchants are also extending their store hours to accommodate moviegoers.

“Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and come downtown for a night of family friendly fun,” a spokesman said.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 8 p.m. Friday, July 27. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

Sims summer reading deadline

All reading logs for the children’s summer reading club at Nicholas P. Sims Library must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28. No logs will be accepted after this date for free circus and carnival tickets or other prizes. The program portion will continue Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. through Aug. 2.

Computer classes

Nicholas P. Sims Library will offer an introduction to the Internet class from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 28.

The class is open to registration for anyone who has a library card at Sims. Pre-registration is required for the class, which is limited to six people. The class will be held in the reference room on the basement level of the library.

For more information or to register, call (972) 937-2671 or stop by the library.

Friends of the Library to meet

The Friends of Sims Library will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, in the meeting room.

“Anyone interested in helping support and promote our wonderful library is invited and encouraged to attend,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call the library at (972) 937-2671.

Immunization clinics

Ellis County WIC will hold immunization clinics for the upcoming school year.

A clinic will be held from 7-11:30 a.m. and 1-5:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the Waxahachie office, 110 Amanda Lane. For more information, call (972) 937-4777.

A clinic will be held from 7-11:30 a.m. and 1-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the Ennis office, 2604 N. Kaufman No. C. For more information, call (972) 875-0285.

The shots are no charge for WIC participants. All others are $14.85 for the first immunization and $20 for two or more. All children receiving immunizations will be required to have a current immunization record. Immunizations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Charmer camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a choreography camp with American Dance Drill Team from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30-Aug. 2 in Williams Gymnasium at Waxahachie High School. Officers participate from 8 a.m.-noon, with the entire team from 1-5 p.m. July 30. Everyone participates from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 31-Aug. 2.

Caribbean cruise

Reservations are being taken for a February 2008 Caribbean cruise to benefit the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center. The cruise is sponsored by Blue Knights XXI, a law enforcement motorcycle club. The seven-day trip from Galveston will include stops in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The community is invited to participate.

Book the cruise by calling (817) 283-2461 and asking for the Gingerbread House/Blue Knights XXI cruise.

Election deadline

Aug. 1 is the deadline to have one’s name on the Farm Service Agency County Committee election ballot. For more information on getting on the ballot, contact the local FSA office or U.S. Department of Agriculture service center.

Nomination forms are available online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Zooniversity

Zooniversity returns to the Nicholas P. Sims Library lyceum from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Allison Blankenship will introduce children to her exotic animals. They will learn where the animal lives, what it eats and how it survives. Free admission.

After Hours Improv workshop

Nicholas P. Sims Library and After Hours Improv are teaming up to offer the youth of Waxahachie an opportunity to learn the art of improvisational comedy. The next workshop will be for kids ages 11-12 from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. The workshop focuses on working as a team, confidence building and the basics of improvisational comedy. Contact the library at (972) 937-2671 for more information.

Blood drive

Waxahachie Rotary Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive through Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Waxahachie Civic Center parking lot at the Carter Blood Mobile. Donors are urgently needed. Call Peggy Spalding at (972) 938-7345 to sign up.

Guitar program

Diane Lewis presents the final Nicholas P. Sims Library children’s program for the summer from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. She will entertain ages 3-12 with her guitar and storytelling. Free admission.

Homeschool information session

The Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization is hosting a question and answer session on homeschooling at 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

The session is for those considering homeschooling, new homeschoolers and experienced homeschoolers. Those interested can e-mail questions prior to the session to eccho@peoplepc.com or call (972) 775-8968.

The session will be held at Church of Christ, 2633 Ovilla Road, Red Oak. Exit Ovilla Road off of Interstate 35E, go west about one mile and turn left at Uhl Road. The church is on the southeast corner of Ovilla and Uhl roads.

Charmer home camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a home camp from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-9 in the little gym at Waxahachie High School. Team photographs will be taken Aug. 10.

National Night Out

The Waxahachie Police Department celebrates National Night Out, a crime prevention and awareness event, Tuesday, Aug. 7, on the courthouse square in downtown Waxahachie.

Local, state and federal agencies will be present at the Waxahachie event, and the Waxahachie Police Department has invited local businesses and organizations geared toward crime prevention - such as alarm companies, dog protection training, military recruiting, crime victims’ assistance and others - to participate. Children’s activities will be offered, along with refreshments. The event is free to the public.

Volunteers, donations and sponsors are welcomed for the event. For more information, contact community services officer Wess Winn at (972) 937-9940, ext. 216, or e-mail wwinn@waxahachiepd.org.

Texas Rangers game

The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau will host its annual Waxahachie Night at the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 8, when the Rangers play the Oakland A’s. Dinner and unlimited refreshments will be served in the Corner Club from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Ballpark. The chartered bus will board at 4:45 p.m. and depart at 5 from the chamber office, located at 102 YMCA Drive. Tickets are $50 per person and include transportation, terrace box seat on the third-base side, dinner and refreshments. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the chamber at (972) 937-2390.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

Summer reading program

A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian is offering its summer reading program at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Aug. 11. Various programs are planned and the public is invited to participate. The theme is “Sail Away with Books.”

Busy B’s Bakery will sell coffee and refreshments in the library’s Caf/ Corner during each of the programs.

For more information, call (972) 775-3417.

Bereavement luncheon

The Visiting Nurse Association will host its quarterly bereavement luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at First United Methodist Church on 208 S. Houston St. in Kaufman.

Clayton McCord, VNA hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator, will speak on “How Do I Know If I’m

Getting Better?” A catered lunch will be provided at no charge.

Call (972) 962-7500 or 1-800-345-0576 to make a reservation to attend.

Summer Moonlight Movies

The city of Waxahachie Main Street Program is sponsoring a series of free movies that will be shown Friday nights in the historic downtown. The movies will be projected onto the side of the Plaid Donkey, located at the corner of Franklin and College streets. Start time for the movie is 9 p.m.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will finish out the series Aug. 24.

An evening Farmers Market will run in conjunction with the movies. Vendors will be set up at 7:30 p.m. for people to come shop for plants, fruits and vegetables. Many downtown merchants are also extending their store hours to accommodate moviegoers.

“Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and come downtown for a night of family friendly fun,” a spokesman said.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will host a three-event play day at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. For information, see www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call Amber Parker at (972) 217-2602.

Summer day camp

Spring Creek Baptist Church is offering a summer day camp for children ages 4-11 through Aug. 24. For more information, call the church at (972) 938-7729.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283.

Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza

The fourth annual Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza will be held from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Vendor applications are now being accepted. For more information, call April Ortiz or Jeanee Smiles at (972) 938-3434.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283.